What are garlic scapes? Before I tell you, a little about the new market.
Our regional indoor farmers market was years in the planning. Its original location probably would have forced the closing of the community garden we've gardened in for years. But, due to the intervention of some long-dead Native Americans, whose relics were found when they started to dig the foundations, another home had to be found. And it was found, but the find delayed construction a couple of years.
Residents poured in today for the grand opening.
So, what are garlic scapes? They are the flower bud of the garlic plant. They should be taken off the plant to encourage the developing bulb to develop, rather than diverting energy into flowering and seed making.
In recent years, only gardeners knew the secret of garlic scapes. Now, they are "in". Many people have learned just how delicious they are. So farmers markets in our area are full of garlic scapes for sale in mid and late June.
We have problems growing garlic at our house due to lack of sun, but we can always get a small handful of scapes each June.
You have to harvest them quickly. Otherwise, they get too woody.
How can they be used? The uses are unlimited: basically, you prepare them by snipping off the touch end (as you would asparagus). They can be made into pesto, used in hummus instead of garlic, and in double garlic soup.
Their flavor is delicate compared to garlic bulbs, so you must adjust recipes accordingly.
Nutrition? Quite nutritious.
Spouse plans to grill our scapes tonight, with the ribs he is also making.
Do you eat garlic scapes? Do you have a favorite recipe?